Funcom says The Secret World isn’t going free-to-play any time soon

The Secret World

By on October 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

We’ve all heard about the troubles The Secret World has been having: Funcom halving their studio number after poor sales, struggling to meet update deadlines. But even if they look panicky to us, these measures appear to have done the trick for the developers, as they have revealed they have no plans to make their game free-to-play any time soon.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Funcom’s creative director Ragnar Tørnquist said: “We do have subscribers and those people are getting a lot of good content with their subscription, and they don’t have to worry about having to micro-pay for everything. It is a benefit sometimes to have a subscription. But of course I understand the reticence of some people – a lot of people – to buy a game that comes with a monthly price tag. That makes complete sense.”

“Who knows what the business model will be like in a year? Or in two years or five years? But right now, yeah, the subscription model is [staying put].”

Source: Eurogamer

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Considering they were one of if not the first player in the FTP mmo market, with Anarchy Online, I think we can safely say they know exactly what theyre doing.


Really really really enjoyed this game! I put it down about 3 weeks ago simply because the world feels empty. If your after a great questing experience then this is it, way more entertaining than GW2 but at the end of the day you need people to play with in these games and I was starting to go days without seeing anyone.


Its not going FTP like all the other MMOs who had announcements that they weren’t going FTP.


Just as a quick note here, while they did struggle with one update deadline, they’re now on track.

The third update was released on deadline, and the fourth update with the upcoming raid has been announced. :)


In the same news week Funcom decided to put onus themselves for poor game reviews, instead of blaming metacritic. It seems like these guys are all over the place at the moment.


The game is 50% off at the moment on a midweek madness sale on Steam.


In the same news week Funcom decided to put onus themselves for poor game reviews, instead of blaming metacritic. It seems like these guys are all over the place at the moment.

That’s more a paraphrasing issue. The original Funcom statements really just addressed the whole range of issue, which was then paraphrased in snippets by different news outlets.

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